MANILA (UPDATE) -- Four of five Filipinos said their quality of life worsened in the past 12 months, setting a new record-low, an independent Social Weather Stations survey said Thursday.
Of 4,010 respondents surveyed in May as the country fought the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, 83 percent said they believe their quality of life got worse, 6 percent said it improved, while 10 percent said it remained the same.
This resulted in an "extremely low" net score of -78 from a "very high" +18 in December, SWS said. It was the worst figure recorded yet following the "low" -50 in June 2008, the pollster added.
The number of Filipinos who said their quality of life got worse was highest in Visayas with a net score of -82, followed by Mindanao at -80, Metro Manila at -77, and Balance Luzon at -75.
The score was "equally bad" in areas under strict lockdown or enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine at 77 and –78, according to SWS.
At the time, areas under ECQ include: Metro Manila, Central Luzon (except Aurora), Calabarzon, Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod City, and Davao City. All other areas were under GCQ.
The results of the survey were unsurprising, Malacañang said, as it noted that everyone encountered problems because of the pandemic.
"Lahat po talaga tayo nahihirapan at kinikilala po yan ng ating Presidente," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.
(All of us are having troubles and the President recognizes that.)
The Philippines on June 1 eased lockdowns in urban areas in a bid to restart the economy following the 11-week long lockdown that shuttered most businesses.
The survey found the sentiment of worse quality of life was highest among those with less formal education, those who lost their jobs and whose pay was cut, and among families who have experienced involuntary hunger or hunger due to lack of food.
The survey was conducted from May 4 to 10 using mobile and computer-assisted telephone interviewing of Filipinos aged 15 and above. It had a sampling error margin of ±2 percent for national percentages.
- With reports from Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News